Phuket tin mining museum officially opens

7 Mar 2011

A museum dedicated to Phuket’s tin mining heritage was officially opened last week. To mark the occasion governor Tri Augkaradacha bought the first entrance ticket last Thursday at the opening ceremony.  

The museum traces Phuket’s links with tin mining, once a major industry on the island, with indoor and outdoor exhibits that show the lives and activities of the mostly Chinese immigrants that performed the work. Explanations have been provided in both Thai and English to enable museum visitors to gain that extra insight. 

In the museum’s grounds there is an abandoned colliery complete with the rail cars that were used to transport ore as well as the original machinery used in the mining operations. The Sino Portuguese style main building displays depict tin-panning and other activities linked to tin production.

Work on the 180 million Baht museum started in 2006 and finished in 2008. Since then workers have been installing the displays and putting the finishing touches to the complex. Some visitors have been allowed in for sneak previews while the work was in progress.

Gov Tri said the museum was another Phuket draw that added to the traditional tourist attractions related to sun and sand that Phuket was most famous for.

Phuket Mining Museum is located on Kathu-Koh Kaew Road, which runs through the middle of Phuket. Entry fees are 100 Baht for adults and 50 Baht for children, with concessionary rates for Thai nationals that expats can often get if they display a Thai driving licence.

Tags: mining, museum, museum, Kathu, Phuket

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